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UCI team’s preemptive COVID vaccine candidate has promising results

Spectrum News 1, Dec. 27, 2021 (Video)

December 27, 2021

UCI team’s preemptive COVID vaccine candidate has promising results

UC Irvine professor of immunology Lbachir BenMohamed — who also is the director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at the university’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute — and his colleagues have been developing a preemptive vaccine for all coronaviruses with a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Because coronaviruses can mutate, experts at UCI have been working to develop a vaccine that will attack the spike protein and additional proteins in SARS-CoV-2.